WNT May 3, 2011
Before the USA broke camp last Friday, U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage ended practice, as she has done many times, with a game of crossbar. This version was a bit different though. Usually each team of two players has one chance each to hit the crossbar from the top of the penalty area, and if one of the two partners finds metal, that team moves on to the second round. This time Sundhage counted how many shots it took between both partners to get two pings off the crossbar. It went from 20, to 14 to 11, and then Abby Wambach and Becky Sauerbrunn hit it back to back! An unbeatable score, yes? No. Believe it or not, and much to the chagrin of Wambach, the goalkeeper team of Jill Loyden and Ashlyn Harris also scored back-to-back hits. That forced it to an overtime period where Wambach and Sauerbrunn took about five shots to do it, averting what would have been a major upset had the GKs pulled it off. Congrats to Abby and Becky on their big win. The clearly stoked and reigning crossbar champs are below.